Jason Coskrey




Jason Coskrey
Jason Coskrey is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His primary focus is Japanese baseball, but he has also covered soccer, American football, boxing and basketball. He previously worked for the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Ga. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
For Jason Coskrey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Ippei Mizuhara and Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani attend a news conference ahead of MLB's season-opening series in Seoul on March 16.
Apr 12, 2024
Texts between Ippei Mizuhara and bookie show the walls closing in
Federal prosecutors say Ippei Mizuhara stole $16 million from Shohei Ohtani from November 2021 to January 2024.
Buffaloes pitcher Shunpeita Yamashita will be one of the hurlers trying to fill the void left by the departure of ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 28, 2024
Pacific League pennant set to be tight race as Buffaloes chase dynasty in 2024
The Buffaloes path to a fourth straight title is fraught with peril as the Hawks gather their forces for a renewed push for the PL crown.
The Tigers' Teruaki Sato has hit at least 20 home runs in three straight seasons.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 28, 2024
Tigers remain the Central League's team to beat as rival Giants loom
While Hanshin may be favored to repeat, the rest of the league will be waiting to pounce should the Kansai club falter.
Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto looks on after the Padres' Luis Campusano hit an RBI double in the top of the first inning of his MLB debut in Seoul on Thursday.
Mar 22, 2024
Yamamoto back to drawing board after disastrous Dodgers debut
Yamamoto’s MLB career got off to a difficult start on Thursday night and the long-time Orix Buffaloes ace only lasted one inning.
Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani talks with interpreter Ippei Mizuhara during a spring training game in Phoenix on March 12.
Mar 21, 2024
For Shohei Ohtani, Ippei Mizuhara was far more than just an interpreter
The 39-year-old has been a ubiquitous presence in Ohtani’s life since his move to the major leagues ahead of the 2018 season.
Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani arrives at Incheon International Airport in South Korea ahead of the MLB's Seoul Series, on Friday.
Mar 19, 2024
All eyes on Ohtani on eve of MLB's Seoul Series
The Dodgers star touched down in South Korea to a welcome worthy of a K-pop act
Czech Republic's Ondrej Satoria pitches against Japan during the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome on March 11.
Mar 14, 2024
Ondrej Satoria reflects on electric WBC showdown against Shohei Ohtani
Satoria, an electrician by day, struck out the Japanese superstar during the World Baseball Classic.
Nebraska guard Keisei Tominaga has become one of the most exciting players in the Big Ten during his three seasons with Nebraska.
Mar 11, 2024
'Japanese Steph Curry' Keisei Tominaga shoots for stars and NBA with Nebraska
“I think I still gotta get better about a lot of things,” he said. “I think it’s getting closer to my dream."
Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani speaks to members of the media in Glendale, Arizona, on Thursday.
BASEBALL / MLB / Sac Bunts
Mar 4, 2024
How Shohei Ohtani mastered the media
By promising to meet with the press, the star circumvented the need for people to go digging into his marriage.
Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani and interpreter Ippei Mizuhara speak with the media at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, on Thursday.
Mar 1, 2024
Shohei Ohtani reveals few details after surprise marriage announcement
The superstar, who fiercely guards details about his personal life, said the announcement's timing was to avoid any potential distractions going forward.
Shohei Otani
Feb 29, 2024
Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani announces marriage
Los Angeles Dodgers two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani announced his marriage via Instagram on Wednesday.
David MacKinnon hit 15 home runs for the Seibu Lions in 2023. The 29-year-old will suit up for the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization this season.
Feb 23, 2024
Former Seibu slugger David MacKinnon embraces new challenge with South Korea's Lions
The American slugger is moving from Japan's Lions to South Korea's Lions this year.
Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws live batting practice during spring training in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday.
Feb 19, 2024
Dodgers hurler Yoshinobu Yamamoto will be tough code to crack for MLB hitters
His mix of power, stuff and command have some wondering if the 25-year-old right-hander is already the best pitcher on the planet.
Former Giants star Hideki Matsui watches Yuto Akihiro take batting practice at the team's spring camp in Miyazaki on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Feb 15, 2024
Giants' new Godzilla Yuto Akihiro taps into Hideki Matsui's teachings to level up
Akihiro is the latest player to try and walk in Matsui's footsteps.
The Marines' Roki Sasaki pitches in the bullpen during spring camp in Okinawa on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Feb 9, 2024
Roki Sasaki gets back to business after weeks of speculation about future
After weeks of rampant rumors, the "Monster of the Reiwa Era" is back to the business of baseball, and the MLB questions are back on the shelf for now.
Nippon Ham manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo is trying to turn around the Fighters after last-place finishes in 2022 and 2023.
BASEBALL / Sac Bunts
Feb 5, 2024
Fighters' Tsuyoshi Shinjo needs to match substance with style in third season
Nippon Ham manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo is trying to turn around the Fighters after last-place finishes in 2022 and 2023.
Driveline Pacific Rim director Frank Minamino (second from right) poses with Lions pitcher Kaito Yoza (left) Hawks pitcher Shuta Ishikawa (second from left) and the Lions' Kona Takahashi.
Feb 2, 2024
NPB pitchers embracing Driveline Baseball method
NPB players are working with Driveline Baseball in greater numbers.
Dodgers owner Mark Walter puts a jersey on Shohei Ohtani during the superstar's introductory news conference on Thursday. The structure of Ohtani's contract could help the Dodgers get a full return on their investment in the two-way player.
Dec 15, 2023
For the Dodgers, Ohtani's megadeal could end up being a bargain
The Dodgers have the makings of a juggernaut, and success on the field will allow the franchise to cash in on Ohtani’s transcendent marketability.
Shohei Ohtani puts on a Dodgers cap and uniform during his introductory news conference at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Dec 15, 2023
Shohei Ohtani says shared commitment to winning led him to Dodgers
The one-of-a-kind talent received a Hollywood intro Thursday as he began his new chapter with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani ended his free agency on Saturday by announcing his decision to play for the Dodgers.
Dec 10, 2023
Shohei Ohtani to join Dodgers on record-breaking deal
Ohtani reached an agreement on a record-breaking deal worth $700 million with the Dodgers.


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